Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Former University of Zimbabwe student who recently graduated with an Accounting Degree to spend 5 years in Jail after he robbed a Taxi Driver at knifepoint

A 27-year-old accountant who allegedly robbed a car at knifepoint has been arraigned before the Harare Magistrates’ Court.
Stephen Runyararo Nyapokoto yesterday appeared before regional magistrate Simon Rogers Kachambwa accused of robbing Lloyd Paza of his Toyota Fun Cargo.
The court heard that Nyapokoto went to Manresa Shops in Mabvuku, armed with a kitchen knife.
He approached Paza who was parked by the shops, and was using his vehicle as a taxi.
He allegedly lied that he wanted to be ferried to Silveira House, in Mabvuku, where he claimed he wanted to pick up his sick mother.
According to state papers, Nyapokoto got into the car and occupied the front passenger seat.
The court heard that as Paza drove towards Silveira House, Nyapokoto produced a knife.
He allegedly threatened to stab Paza, before ordering him to stop the car.
Nyapokoto went on to force Paza to drive the vehicle along a gravel road branching to the left. He asked Paza to stop the car, before pulling him out.
According to state papers, he ordered him to lie on the ground facing downwards and tied his hands on the back using a string.
Nyapokoto allegedly drove away together with Paza’s $10, which was on the dash board. He also drove away with Paza’s cell phone.
Paza, according to State papers, managed to untie himself and went to Lafarge Cement Company, where he got assistance to contact the owner of the vehicle.
The owner of the vehicle, Tafadzwa Masendeke, managed to locate the vehicle through the tracking system.
After the car’s position was located, police detectives were advised, leading to Nyapokoto’s arrest.
According to state papers, when Nyapokoto was arrested, he was using the vehicle as a taxi and had two passengers inside.

Nyakapoto recently graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Zimbabwe & was yesterday sentenced to five years after he pleaded guilty to robbing a taxi driver.

Regional magistrate Mr Adonia Masawi sentenced Stephen Nyapokoto to eight years in prison but suspended three years on condition of good behaviour.

In passing sentence, Mr Masawi said Nyapokoto committed a serious offence which called for a stiffer penalty.

In aggravation, prosecutor Mr Liberty Gono said: "If people are allowed to live their lives the way the accused person wants to live his, then the society will not have peace and the courts must put a stop to that.

"The accused is a graduate and he is able-bodied, therefore, his actions show that he is just lazy. He needs to be taught that crime does not pay."

Nyapokoto pleaded for the court's lenience during mitigation, saying that he only wanted to use the car to get some cash and return it to its owner.

Source: Dailynews

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